Police officers dating victims
The bill includes providing greater access to domestic-violence shelters and adding dating violence to the Ohio attorney general’s Victims Bill of Rights.
Currently, only Ohio and Georgia do not offer specific legal options for victims of dating violence, such as civil-protection orders.But for one rape victim who was taken to A&E by her sister in March 2013, the Haven might as well have been behind a 20ft electrified wall.Neither she nor her sister – we’re calling them Ella and Beth to protect their identities – were even aware the unit existed.“You’re lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony. “I’m gonna walk you out of this apartment just the way you are, you’re not going to collect any belongings.“If you try to pull anything, I’ll knock you out." Ms Wright, who was aged 26 at the time, appears to scream “no” repeatedly and say again “just let me go home” before falling and screaming.‘I took my sister to A&E because I didn’t know where else to go,’ says Beth. The women were surrounded by professionals who knew the Haven was just around the corner.
Staff working in the Haven are specially trained to carry out forensic examinations and to provide everything else that Ella might have needed, from emergency contraception to counselling to setting up an informal meeting with a police officer.
A protection order from a judge can legally prevent contact between a victim and perpetrator, including ordering that person to move out of a home that a couple shares.
It also can grant child custody and require the offender to relinquish any firearms.
Leaving aside the direct consequences of the crime itself and considering only the victim's subsequent involvement with the criminal justice system, the following are examples of the problems faced by many crime victims: Aside from the problems above, there are many more.
While there are no quick remedies, the time has come after twenty-five years of judicial decisions and statutory enactments fully implementing the constitutional rights of the criminal defendants for the rights of crime victims to receive practical implementation.
Despite this, and despite clearly fitting the criteria for referral to the unit – she had told her sister the rape had occurred the day before and she was complaining of abdominal pain – Beth says they were not told about the Haven, nor was Ella examined internally.